divan[di van′; for 1, also di vän′; for 2 & 3, also dī′van′]
- in the Ottoman Empire,
- a council of state or the room in which it was held
- the audience chamber of a government office
- a large, low couch or sofa, usually without armrests or back
- a coffee room, café, or smoking room
Origin: Turk dīwān < Pers, orig., bundle of written sheets, hence accounts, customhouse, council room, appropriate furniture
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- A long backless sofa, especially one set with pillows against a wall.
- also a. A counting room, tribunal, or public audience room in Muslim countries.b. The seat used by an administrator when holding audience.c. A government bureau or council chamber.
- also A coffeehouse or smoking room.
- also A book of poems, especially one written in Arabic or Persian by a single author.
Origin: French, from Turkish, from Persian dīvān, place of assembly, roster, probably from Old Iranian *dipivahanam, document house : Old Persian dipī-, writing, document (from Akkadian ṭuppu, tablet, letter, from Sumerian dub) + Old Persian vahanam, house; see wes-1 in Indo-European roots.